Monday, June 20, 2011

[EQ] The State of World's Midwifery 2011: Delivering Health, Saving Lives

The State of World's Midwifery 2011:
Delivering Health, Saving Lives

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), June 2011

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“….The report confirms the critical role midwives play in improving maternal and newborn health and survival. It highlights the shortage of skilled midwives in many low-income countries, stressing the need to train and deploy more midwives in all parts of a country - especially remote and rural areas.

The report, commissioned and coordinated by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), was launched at the Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives in Durban, South Africa today….” WHO press release

“….Increasing women's access to quality midwifery has become a focus of global efforts to realize the right of every woman to the best possible health care during pregnancy and childbirth. A first step is assessing the situation.


The report supported by 30 partners, provides the first comprehensive analysis of midwifery services and issues in countries where the needs are greatest.


The report provides new information and data gathered from 58 countries in all regions of the world. Its analysis confirms that the world lacks some 350,000 skilled midwives -- 112,000 in the neediest 38 countries surveyed -- to fully meet the needs of women around the world. The report explores a range of issues related to building up this key health workforce….”



Executive Summary


Part 1: Midwifery around the world

Part 2: The state of midwifery today

Part 3: Moving Forward

Part 4: Country profiles

References and Notes


Annex 1: Abbreviations, acronyms and glossary

Annex 2: Data dictionary

Annex 3: Workforce estimates

Annex 4: Lives saved analysis


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